These chocolate-covered fudgey cherry bites are made with a dry fudge mix that uses sweet condensed milk and golden syrup to create a soft, sweet and chewy fudge-like mix that matches wonderfully with the sweet cherries and the dark chocolate. Perfect for parties or to give away as presents.
- 4 x 225g jars maraschino cherries, drained
- 400g dark chocolate + 1/2 tbsp. butter + pinch of salt
- 100ml cherry liqueur or any fruity liqueur such as strawberry vodka
- 1.35kg icing sugar
- 1 x 400g tin condensed milk
- 125g butter, melted
- 6 tbsp. golden syrup
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
In a bowl, mix together the condensed milk, butter, golden syrup and vanilla extract until as smooth as possible. Gradually beat in the sugar with a wooden spoon, then get your hands in and knead (coat your hands in icing sugar to make this easier) until the mix forms a rough dough. Keep dipping hands in icing sugar if needed.
Meanwhile, soak the drained cherries in the cherry liqueur for about an hour. Drain well and discard leftover liquid.
Roll the dry fudge mix into walnut-sized balls, wrapping a cherry in each. Keep your hands well coated in icing sugar to make this easier. Once you've used all of the cherries and all of the mix, lay on a baking tray and put into the freezer to chill.
Put the chocolate, butter and salt into a bowl suspended over a pan of simmering water. Melt. Once melted, leave to cool slightly, then dip the fudge balls into the chocolate. Leave to set on baking paper.